- When you move out of an apartment and into a new house, this is an example of when you vacate the apartment.
- When you quit your job and you are not replaced, this is an example of when you vacate a job.
- When a contract is declared null and void, this is an example of a time when the court vacates the contract.
Vacate is to move, leaving a place uninhabited or to leave a job position, leaving a job open, or to make something void.
- to make vacant; specif.,
- to cause (an office, position, etc.) to be unfilled or unoccupied, as by resignation
- to leave (a house, room, etc.) uninhabited or untenanted; give up the occupancy of
- Law to make void; annul
Origin of vacate; from Classical Latin vacatus, past participle of vacare, to be empty
- to make an office, position, place, etc. vacant
Origin of vacateback-form. < vacationInformal to spend a vacation
verbva·cat·ed, va·cat·ing, va·cates
- a. To cease to occupy (a lodging or place); leave: vacate an apartment.b. To cease to hold (a job or position): vacated his position on the firm's board.
- Law To make void or annul (an erroneous lower court decision): vacate a death sentence.
To leave a lodging, place, job, or position.
Origin of vacateLatin vacare, vacat-, to be empty; see eu&schwa;- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present vacates, present participle vacating, simple past and past participle vacated)
- To move out of a dwelling, either by choice or by eviction.
- I have to vacate my house by midday, as the new owner is moving in.
- You are hereby ordered to vacate the premises within 14 days.
- To leave an office or position.
- He vacated his coaching position because of the corruption scandal.
- To have a court judgement set aside; to annul.
- The judge vacated the earlier decision when new evidence was presented.
- To leave an area, usually as a result of orders from public authorities in the event of a riot or natural disaster.
- If you do not immediately vacate the area, we will make you leave with tear gas!
From Latin vacÄtus, perfect participle of vacÅ.